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EMDR for Children with Developmental Trauma and Dissociation
Sandra Baita

Clearing up shame, avoidance and rejection from a relational perspective.

During this 3-module workshop participants will learn to expand their understanding and conceptualization of early interpersonal trauma and dissociation cases, beyond the traumatic memories of specific events experienced by the child.

When traumatic events occur repeatedly within the most significant interpersonal relationships, the maladaptive information is not only limited to specific memories about events (like the yelling, the beating or the sexual abuse), but includes also affective states like shame, entangled with the child’s sense of identity, that can be easily triggered even if the child doesn’t acknowledge feeling it. Avoidance as a coping strategy lies at the heart of both trauma and dissociation, often preventing the therapist from accessing traumatic memories, hampering EMDR efficacy

Training Overview:

Adult clients with a history of early interpersonal trauma bring to their therapy memories of past events that occurred within their primary caretaking relationships. In adulthood these memories keep causing pain, but these clients are no longer dependent upon those relationships. However, when we work with children and adolescents they live with and heavily depend on their caretakers, sometimes, those who were actively involved in the child’s traumatization, sometimes former traumatized children themselves.

This training will expand the clinician’s understanding and conceptualization of early interpersonal trauma and dissociation cases. It will teach therapists specific techniques to use in session with clients when they are dissociating and will allow the therapist to understanding how to address trauma that is still ongoing in the client’s home. Therapists will utilize Siegel’s components of secure attachment to build rapport with the client and also the parents.

The child therapist’s first level of work is the child, but there is no way to work isolated from parents and caretakers: they will represent the second level of work. The treatment of these children takes place within a relational matrix including therapist, clients and clients’ caretakers; this relational matrix has the potential to trigger powerful affects that might be overlooked by therapists unless they are addressed directly. In this training, therapists will utilize strategies to build a significant relationship with the caregiver of the child in order to enhance the EMDR trauma work conducted with the child in session.

A special focus of this workshop is how to work with adoptive parents and their adopted children when they are experiencing challenging relationship dynamics. The workshop includes case presentations that demonstrate how therapists can help when adoptive parents reject or struggle to bond with their adopted children, and what to do about the resulting mistrust and attachment wounding the child may experience.

Therapy is above all a relational process involving not only the client, but also the therapist. Therapists are human beings and their knowledge doesn’t shield them against pain and suffering.

Therapists can be triggered either by the child or by the parent, and they can, in turn, trigger either the child or the parent. The harder the issue to address, the easier it is to get triggered. Unless therapists pay attention to the powerful impact these stories and underlying issues might have on themselves, therapy won’t be effective. As part of this workshop therapists will learn to recognize their own avoidance, shame and rejection patterns in working with this population.

Training Objectives

  • Explain how to include Siegel’s components of secure attachment into the therapeutic relationship with both the child and caregivers.
  • Assess how to anticipate obstacles related to EMDR targeting sequence and how to overcome those obstacles with clients.
  • Identify situations in which a lack of environmental safety for the child requires additional resourcing interventions to use before starting EMDR bilateral stimulation.
  • Identify effective ways to gather information from five different relational levels for case conceptualization and treatment planning purposes.
  • Explain how to expand the use of education about trauma and dissociation to help parents change their misconceptions about their child’s behavior.
  • Describe how to effectively process the contradictory information about attachment held by the child’s different dissociative parts.
  • Utilize effective ways to include the therapeutic relationship within the child’s positive neural networks.
  • Utilize specific learned procedures to include kindness and positive regard in the work with the child and caregivers.
  • List how to safely address shame affect seen in the child.
  • Utilize procedures to foster connection within the child and between parent and child in order to process their shame affect.
  • Identify methods to target avoidance in the child including various procedures to educate children about their own avoidant patterns without triggering shame.
  • Analyze methods to process parental rejection towards the child.
  • Assess empathic ways to acknowledge the clinicians’ own patterns of avoidance, shame and rejection in the midst of difficult cases.

Itinerary for Online Trianings

Module 1

  • The relational perspective in the treatment of children and adolescents with developmental trauma and dissociation.
  • Attachment, connection and disconnection: the story of “Shrill Mother” by Jutta Bauer.
  • Components of secure attachment (Siegel), attachment affected by trauma and the end of the spectrum: attachment disorganization.
  • EMDR for PTSD and EMDR for developmental trauma and dissociation: same or different?
  • Environmental safety as ground zero. Case presentation: EMDR without environmental safety.
    Assessing the relational matrix: the five levels of information for case conceptualization.
  • Case conceptualization with adoptive parents: the gap between expectations and frustration.
  • Educating parents about trauma and dissociation: how to use this information to clear up their misconceptions about their child’s behavior.
  • Resource development: what are the adaptive neural networks of these children made of?
  • The Who I want to become in the future? exercise.

Module 2

  • Building and strengthening connections: the child, the parent, the therapist.
  • Fostering connections through loving kindness: case presentation.
  • Procedures to clear up parents´ negative expectations that prevent them from bonding to their child: a case presentation.
  • Relational triggers in the therapeutic relationship: a case presentation.
  • Attachment and dissociation: different parts keep different and contradictory memories about attachment experiences: a case presentation.

Module 3

  • Shame: appropriate vs. core shame.
  • The shame circuit and the tricky shame: case presentation.
  • Befriending our own shame: brief exercise for the therapist self-awareness.
  • Avoidance: the trap of relief.
  • Learning to identify our own avoidance patterns
  • Uncovering avoidance with children
  • Overcoming avoidance: case presentation.
  • Targeting avoidance (J.Knipe): a case presentation.
  • Rejection: features and manifestations found in children, parents and the therapist.
  • Processing parents´ rejection: a case presentation.
  • Adoptive children and their problems to attach to new parents.
  • Adoptive children hold positive memories of their abusive parents: a case presentation.
  • Back to the beginning: learning more about ourselves as clinicians

Registration Fees


  • $325 USD – Standard Registration Price

  • $297 USD – Clinicians that work for nonprofit agencies, government organizations, retirees, schools and in rural areas

  • $150 USD – Auditors: People who have previously attended Sandra’s training.


For participants who may need financial assistance, Scaling Up has created an Accessibility Plan to try to help mitigate financial stress. To learn more about the Accessibility Plan, click here.

Course Trainers

Testimonials from Attendees

A marvelous course. Really helped me a lot. Thank you!

Excellent training. I loved all videos!! Sandra is Excellent.

Thanks, I love this training! 🙂 I got so much ideas how can I develop myself and my work and got new methods to my work with children that I’m going to try!

I learned so much on this training, and I am using these new skills already in my work with children.

Sandra is an incredible trauma therapist. She has a gift with these children and teens. Sandra has been able to present in this conference what she has found to be most beneficial through her experiences. I loved the videos and demonstrations that were broken down into manageable portions. The pictures drawn in session were extremely helpful as well. Thank you Sandra for this incredible program! I can’t wait to start applying what I’ve learned to my practice!

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Available Online

3-Module Self-Paced Training

You will receive all three modules just moments after you register! There will be no live Q&A sessions, but you will be able to watch recordings of previously recorded Q&A’s inside of our training Hub.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits


This training provides a certificate for 12 CEU’s. These CEU’s will be provided by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and EMDR México. It is necessary to participate in 100% of the training to receive the credits of Continuing Education. A certificate for these CEU’s is included in the price of the training.


Licensure renewal CEs are available for a $30 fee. Scaling Up offers 17 CEs for Psychologists through the American Psychological Association (APA), 17 NBCC clock hours and 17 hours through the NASW. It is the responsibility of the therapist to check with their licensure board for CE eligibility.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC): Scaling Up, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7065. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Scaling Up, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

American Psychological Association (APA): Scaling Up, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Scaling Up, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB): Scaling Up (provider number 1834), is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provisional regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Scaling Up maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period; (12-06-22 to 12-06-23). Social workers completing this course receive 17 asynchronous continuing education credits.

Cancellation Policies


This online training is non-refundable.

Participation Requirements

Skill Level: Advanced

Our intended audience are therapists who have completed an EMDRIA or EMDR Iberoamerica-Approved Basic Training. People only trained in EMDR by PESI are not eligible for the training.

Online, On-Demand Course Access

You will receive a login and password (by email) for our online training portal (Scaling Up Hub) on the day your course starts (or on the day you purchase the course, if on-demand or if the course has already began).

You will have access to all course materials 90 days after purchase for the on-demand only training. After 90 days, you will be given the option to continue to receive access to the course materials for $40 per month.

Final Training Details

This workshop is held in facilities which are in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act. Please contact the Scaling Up Team at info@ScalingUpEMDR.com if special accommodations are required.

Scaling Up maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA requirements.

Audio/Video/Photo Disclosure: Some of the trainings will be audio and/or video recorded. Additionally, photos may be taken and used for website and other promotional materials. By registering for this training you are consenting that you are in agreement of and aware of this disclosure agreement.

​There are no known conflicts of interests for this workshop. All grievances must be in writing to info@scalingupemdr.com, and will be replied to within 5 – 10 business days.

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